Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell and wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy are among a number of Lendlease Breakers to turn out for their clubs in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket this Sunday, as the competition resumes after the mid-season T20 tournament.
Universities will have a star-studded team for its match against Sydney. Blackwell, Breakers’ leg-spinner Maisy Gibson and fast bowler Carly Leeson will all feature for the students at David Phillips South.
It will be the first match that Blackwell has played for Universities since this time last year against Bankstown Sports.
Healy adds to the list of elite players to participate in the match which will be her second of the season for Sydney. The performances of the dynamic opening batter were key in the Sydney Sixers claiming their second straight Women’s Big Bash League title last weekend.
She was among the top ten run-scorers for WBBL 03 and crucial batter at the top of the order for the Sixers. She amassed 421 runs at an excellent strike rate of 136.69 and a highest of 106 from 66 balls against the Adelaide Strikers at Hurstville Oval.
Blackwell scored 338 runs during the WBBL at an average of 30.73.
In her first game for the Tigers this season during the Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition, Healy showed all her class with bat in hand. Healy made 94 from 56 balls against Universities Gold.
St George-Sutherland is at home against Penrith in another match littered with high quality players. The Slayers team includes the superb bowling talents of Breakers’ Nicola Carey and Rene Farrell, while the Panthers’ side feature names such as Breakers’ all-rounder Naomi Stalenberg, as well as fellow Breaker Lisa Griffith.
Both Farrell and Carey shared the honours as leading wicket takers for the Sydney Thunder in the WBBL this season. Each woman took 17 wickets during the competition.
Farrell averaged 20.82 throughout the WBBL and Carey was just as impressive taking her 17 wickets at the slightly better average of 20.59.
In concert with Emily Mifsud, who was the leading wicket taker for the Combined First and Second Grade T20 competition, the Slayers attack looks very dangerous. Mifsud claimed 11 wickets at 13.36.
The Slayers’ Tahlia Wilson is another of the Breakers’ contracted players to be in action on Sunday.
Breakers’ Lauren Smith will strengthen the Northern District team that plays ladder leaders’ Bankstown Sports at Mark Taylor Oval.
The Sydney Sixers’ off-spinner claimed seven wickets during the WBBL at 33.29 with best figures of 2-32. In combination with ACT Meteors’ and Sydney Thunder spinner Sam Bates, the addition of Smith adds significant class to the hosts’ attack.
Bates collected 16 wickets for the Thunder during the WBBL. The Northern District captain averaged 17.88 runs per wicket and returned best figures of 3-12.
Both teams are full of quality frontline bowling options including Bankstown opening bowler Emma Newman.
Newman is the current leading wicket taker in McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket with 15 scalps at 17.33.
Breakers’ reserve wicketkeeper Hannah Trethewy will captain Campbelltown-Camden against Gordon on Sunday in a team that also includes promising young fast bowler for the Breakers, Belinda Vakarewa.
Melbourne Renegades and ACT Meteors’ top order batter, Claire Koski, also returns for Campbelltown-Camden at Raby Oval No.1.
Despite a disappointing WBBL campaign for the Renegades, where she scored 111 runs in 12 innings at 12.33, Koski has dominated McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket this season so far.
The opener has compiled 331 runs for the season at 66.20. This total includes two centuries.
Her highest score of 121 was posted in the corresponding fixture against Gordon earlier in the season. Breakers all-rounder Saskia Horley will also feature in the match for the visitors.
It is a round of double headers in the Third Grade T20 on Saturday, Bankstown are at home to Universities Blue for its two matches against the students, and St George-Sutherland likewise play a back-to-back fixture against Universities Gold.
Gordon are away for its double-header against North West Sydney and Campbelltown-Camden have the bye.
In the penultimate round of the Under 17 Brewer Shield competition, Bankstown host the fourth-placed Northern District, and equal second-placed Gordon play Parramatta at Beauchamp Park.
Gordon shares that position on the table with Sydney, who are at home to St George-Sutherland, Universities travel west to play Penrith, and Manly-Warringah are away to ladder leaders Campbelltown-Camden.